Apple Sendai Ichibancho will soon close its doors for the last time, according to a message posted on Apple’s Japanese website. The classic store is Apple’s smallest location in Japan and among the tiniest in the world.
Early last year, retail SVP Angela Ahrendts described a significant reinvestment in Japan which began with the opening of stores at Shinjuku and Kyoto, and later a complete modernization of Apple Shibuya. Apple now operates 9 stores in the country, but that number will drop to 8 with the closing of Sendai Ichibancho. A promised new store coming in 2019 will bring the total back up.
This isn’t the first time Apple has permanently closed a store in Japan. In 2016, Apple Sapporo closed indefinitely and the space later became home to a Sony store. Apple’s modern retail strategy no longer affords tiny storefronts without Today at Apple Forums or the floor space needed to accommodate ever growing foot traffic. It was only a matter of time before Sendai’s store was either replaced or shuttered.
So far in 2019, Apple has also announced a temporary closure of Florida’s Apple Altamonte for renovations. We compiled a guide to help you determine when your own local store may be due for an upgrade.
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